Article Category: Insight & Opinion

New Year, new start; are you a landlord playing jeopardy?

As the New Year gets underway and landlords start to let their properties to those tenants looking for a new start, most landlords recognise the importance of asking for a deposit from their new tenants, so that any damages can be rectified or arrears of rent cleared once the tenants leave. But what most landlords… Read more »

Employment law changes in 2013

As we begin a new year in 2013, employers should be aware of the forthcoming changes in employment law and the impact these changes will bring. Please find below some useful information for the year ahead. Date Change Effect 1 February 2013 New tribunal award limits come into force The limit on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal increases from… Read more »

Enforcing retirement at 65

The default retirement age was abolished in 2011, and since 2006, under the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 it has been illegal to discriminate against employees on the grounds of age. The Regulations do not apply to partnerships. However, age does not attract the absolute protection against discrimination which race, religion, or sexual orientation do…. Read more »

The Neon Roberts case – could an adult refuse medical treatment?

The court recently ruled in the case of a seven year old boy with a brain tumour that he should undergo urgent surgery. See BBC article here. In this case, the mother refused treatment for her son as she was concerned it would cause long term harm including causing brain damage and infertility. As the… Read more »

Is it wise to ban camera phones from the office Christmas party?

Digital mischief at the office Christmas party could result in miscreants getting both sacked and sued – for the sake of a few drunken prods of a mobile phone keypad. The speed that an embarrassing or even unlawful photo can make it from phone to internet is breath-taking – digital-savvy types can take a photo and… Read more »

He said what on Facebook?

Trafford Housing Trust have recently been found liable in the High Court for breach of contract after they demoted an employee who posted his personal views – relating to homosexual marriage – on his Facebook page. This case demonstrated the knee jerk reaction taken by an employer when dealing with an employee’s use of social media, which… Read more »

Are your restrictive covenants worth the paper they are written on?

A recent decision of the High Court in Patsystems v Neilly has called into question the validity and timing of restrictive covenants, which should serve as a warning to all employers who have already entered into or are considering entering into these arrangements with their employees. The employee started working in June 2000 in the… Read more »

Flexible working for all employees

In November 2012, the government announced its decision to extend the right to request flexible working to all employees. The right currently only applies to working parents and carers. In due course, employers must be ready to deal with flexible working requests from all employees. In the government’s response to the ‘Consultation on Modern Workplaces’… Read more »

My pension is all mine – or is it?

In a recent survey of divorced women it was found that only 15% had pensions discussed as part of their overall financial settlement. Pensions are an important asset and one which must not be overlooked in divorce cases. More often than not, the husband has the larger pension pot and this was the case in… Read more »

Disputes over children with an international element

The Hague Convention 1996 on the International Protection of Children came into force in the UK from 01 November 2012. The Convention has uniform rules determining which countries’ authorities are competent to take necessary measures. These rules, which avoid the possibility of conflicting decisions, give the primary responsibility to the authorities of the country where… Read more »